My two pillow forms are beckoning. “Come on, lady! Get going! It’s nippy in here without our beat-to-hell old pillow covers.”
My thinking on these two pillows? Geometrics.
It’s going to be pretty straightforward: two pillows means four surfaces to cover.
I remain besotted with the Kites pattern and the Cityscape pattern from Field Guide No. 16: Painterly, so I’ve decided that two of the four panels will be those patterns.
The Kites pattern:
(Felted Tweed yarn kits for this are in the Shop.)
The Cityscape pattern:
As for the remaining two sides, I’ve gone on an internet deep dive for geometric pillow ideas. Working in intarsia means that I have a wide-open horizon of shapes to work with. I can do curves and angles all day long, thanks to the versatility of the intarsia technique.
If you’re in the mood to ponder pillows, below are links to wonderlands of pillows for you.
Ehrman needlepoint kits by Kaffe Fassett. Six pages of Kaffe pillows, wow.
Needlepoint is very different from intarsia, but I’m jonesing on the scale and color play he’s working with here. Bonus No. 1: a little video of Kaffe talking about color. “Limitations can be very stimulating,” he says. “Think more dramatic than you have ever thought before,” he says. I’m listening, Kaffe! All ears! Bonus No. 2: Kaffe gives us a tour of his bathroom.
Margo Selby. So many beautiful textiles coming from this maker.
All kinds of wonderful in here, including her take on log cabin patterns. I’m not going to do log cabin for these pillows, but wow, she’s good.
The New Craftsmen. Artisanal works of art. These people are not fooling around.
Block printing is a weakness of mine. I can easily imagine having fun with this idea.
This is a cool idea from Crate and Barrel.
Not sure I’d make the design commitment to doing intarsia squares next to each other in the same color, to get the tile effect you see here. But this gets me thinking about colorblocking in a new way.
And this one from Design Within Reach.
Tons more to find if you just settle in. It’s going to be hard for me to decide.
Feel free to share pillows that you love!